BET on Jazz Presents: Jazz Now

BET on Jazz Presents: Jazz Now

     
 

When people think of Black Entertainment Television (BET), they think of R&B and rap -- those genres are its bread and butter. But BET hasn't ignored jazz, and BET on Jazz has focused on a variety of jazz styles. When BET on Jazz first got started, some cynics feared the worst and predicted that it would end up being the cable TV equivalent of a smooth jazz/NAC… See more details below

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When people think of Black Entertainment Television (BET), they think of R&B and rap -- those genres are its bread and butter. But BET hasn't ignored jazz, and BET on Jazz has focused on a variety of jazz styles. When BET on Jazz first got started, some cynics feared the worst and predicted that it would end up being the cable TV equivalent of a smooth jazz/NAC station. But BET on Jazz opted for diversity, focusing on straight- ahead jazz, as well as more commercial stuff. Released by the National Association of Recording Merchandisers (NARM) in 2001, BET on Jazz Presents: Jazz Now is a generally respectable compilation that offers both electric and acoustic sounds. There is plenty of straight-ahead bop and post-bop, including selections by Eric Alexander ("The Second Milestone") and Chris Potter ("Gratitude"). But the CD also gets into fusion with Bela Fleck's "Zona Mona" and pop-jazz crossover with Ed Calle's "Spanish Rose" and Bryan Savage's "Rush Hour." Thankfully, Jazz Now doesn't inundate listeners with a lot of outright elevator music -- even the more commercial tracks are generally decent or competent, if less than stunning. Though most of the tunes are instrumental, there are a few vocal offerings as well. Brazilian singer Flora Purim soars on "San Francisco River," while Jane Monheit gives a pleasant but unremarkable performance on the standard "I Can't Give You Anything but Love." Although uneven, Jazz Now is a good deal because it is so affordable -- the compilation has a list price of only $1.98. NARM figured that people who have only a casual interest in jazz would be willing to part with two dollars, and it hoped they would hear some things they liked and start spending more money on jazz. Not everything on Jazz Now is a gem, but at $1.98, it's worth picking up.

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Product Details

Release Date:
06/19/2001
Label:
Narm Recordings
UPC:
0655415000628
catalogNumber:
50006

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Chico Hamilton   Drums
Billy Hart   Drums
Pat Martino   Guitar
Keiko Matsui   Piano
Lonnie Plaxico   Bass
Victor Lewis   Drums
Sam Newsome   Saxophone
Ron Feuer   Organ,Piano
Gary Meek   Saxophone
Jeff "Tain" Watts   Drums
Kenny Barron   Piano
Terence Blanchard   Trumpet
Brian Blade   Drums
Randy Brecker   Trumpet
Ed Calle   Tenor Saxophone
Regina Carter   Violin
Jeff Coffin   Soprano Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Joe Cohn   Guitar
Ira Coleman   Bass
Scott Colley   Bass
Joey DeFrancesco   Organ
Cary DeNigris   Guitar
Béla Fleck   Banjo
Kevin Hays   Piano
Trey Henry   Bass
Horacio "El Negro" Hernández   Drums
Julio Hernandez   Bass
Chip Jackson   Bass
Christian Jacob   Piano
Harold Mabern   Piano
Paul McCandless   Soprano Saxophone
Derek Nakamoto   Synthesizer
Leon Parker   Percussion
Flora Purim   Vocals
Bryan Savage   Keyboards,Alto Saxophone
Edward Simon   Piano
Larry Thompson   Drums
Steve Turre   Trombone
Peter Washington   Bass
James Weidman   Piano
Victor Wooten   5-string Bass
Howard Arthur   Guitar
Future Man   Drums
Uli Lenz   Piano
Béla Fleck & the Flecktones   Track Performer
Lew Del Gatto   Tenor Saxophone
Alfredo Oliva   Concert Master
Richard Bravo   Percussion
Stefon Harris   Vibes
Joe Farnsworth   Drums
Elisabeth Kontomanou   Vocals
T.K. Blue   Track Performer
Eric Harland   Drums
Jane Monheit   Vocals
Evan Schwam   Tenor Saxophone
Paul Ramsey   Bass

Technical Credits

Bob Carpenter   Programming
Doug Emery   Programming
Lee Levin   Programming
Bryan Savage   Programming
Kent Anderson   Executive Producer
Michael Coakes   Cover Design
Sean Sutton   Digital Editing,Mastering
Airto   Composer

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